Easter Eggs and Entertainment…

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Easter is almost upon us, so here is the story of the Easter Eggs that we took out to Mandrem. On the last Friday we were in Mandrem we were invited to a simple recital of music and dance performed by the children. Once I have mastered the technology we should have video clips for you to watch of this too!

The program started with a welcome song in both Konkani and English. Then (contestants on Strictly Come Dancing eat your hearts out!) we were treated to a formation dance of the ‘Cha Cha Cha’. Next about seven of the lads showed huge energy in the boiling hot sun and performed some urban ‘street’ dance to a sequence of Bollywood Hip Hop and the closing piece was a performance of Goan traditional folk dancing.

Traditional dance

Traditional dance

The Cha cha cha

The Cha cha cha

The children from all the classes love art, music and just being creative and they have collectively made and given us thank you cards which we will scan and put up on the net for all for you to share as their messages of thanks are to all of of you too, for your generous donations.

Thank you cards

Thank you cards

Now the fun part…

Having packed and unpacked them, fretted about them sitting on the tarmac at the airport and traveling in the boots of various taxis, our Caburys Creme Eggs are probably some of the most traveled easter eggs out there, and at last they made it to the school. The children were all very coy when we walked in to their classrooms and I asked “Do you like sweets?”. Silence was the stern reply. “Well I will go then”, I replied. “No Madam we do like sweets” was the chorus – so on that note we went around the classes and had everyone take an egg. As is so typical of the children in the school, if you give them a treat they want to treasure it, so we had to persuade them that they should eat it now and it was not a good idea to put it in their pockets! Also they should wash the hands after eating them so as not to get chocolate on their school books! We didn’t want to be in the teacher’s bad books either! We also had enough eggs left over of all the teachers at the school and the staff at Elsewhere too – Barbara at Elsewhere tells me they were a favourite especialy with John who not only has the biggest smile but the sweetest tooth out there and has tea with his sugar everyday rather than the other way around!

The Easter Eggs

The Easter Eggs

Happy Easter Everyone… and on a spring like note you can twitter me now at www.twitter.com my twitter name is fronkess, a throw back to my wedding planning days – if you want to know more then ask.

 

The World of Football…

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After my recent post about our soccer experiences in Mandrem, I was persuaded to enter a picture from the Elsewhere Football Tournament into the Sony World Photography Awards. Here is the description of the brief that had to be fulfilled: “The 2009 Campaign Award is a brand new category for the amateur photographer and it combines a global obsession for football with your enthusiasm and passion of photography”.

Whilst I know I stood no chance of winning, my photograph has actually made it into their gallery, with a little blurb about Helping Elsewhere! If you would like to see it, you can click on Sony Campaign Award Gallery and you can even vote on it should you wish…

I think I’ll hesitate to read any comments though, given that so many of our followers are the real professionals!